Sy Platt
     Sy Platt is a Juilliard graduate and has played trumpet professionally since the age of fifteen.  Citing early influences such as Harry James and Fats Navarro, Sy was later drawn to the musical styles of Lennie Tristano, Lester Young and Louis Armstrong.  He was a regular member of the house band at the Savoy Ballroom and many Latin Salsa orchestras, mainstream and Dixieland bands.

     Although Sy's first love is jazz, he has distinguished himself in other types of music.  Sy can be heard on the original Broadway recordings of "Fiddler on the Roof" as well as "P.D.Q. Bach".  Sy gave a virtuoso solo performance in Handel's "Messiah" at Carnegie Hall in the early 1960s.  He has performed with David Murray and has played at the Kool Jazz Festival.  In April, 1988, Sy had a successful three city tour in the Netherlands and in September of that year he played in the 6th annual Heineken Jazz Festival in Rotterdam.  His gigs were cheered by audiences everywhere and, his performances were critically acclaimed by the Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad, Het Parool and De Volkskrant.

     While touring France in the Spring of 1998, Sy along with his fiancée (now wife), jazz keyboard artist, Kathy Wallace Platt, performed at a special engagement in Domme, one of the "Le Plus Beaux Villages de France".  The performance at the restaurant Le Croquant was attended by local jazz afficionados and many visiting jazz musicians.  The audience was thrilled and gave Sy and Kathy a standing, cheering ovation at the end of the performance.

     Sy is Professor Emeritus at Bucks County Community College near Philadelphia where he taught for twenty-three years and originated the jazz program.  He has published a book and cassette of "24 Jazz Etudes for Trumpet" [Musicians Publications] which is sold internationally.  The Sy Platt Trio is active in the northeastern Pennsylvania club and Philly Jazz scene and, Sy can be seen regularly at the Four Seasons Hotel with pianist Tom Lawton .

      Click to hear Sy soloing on "El Gaucho" on the Al Stauffer CD  "Things Ain't What They Used To Be...", [1993 Plattonic Records PR1193-1].  For information, contact: Sy Platt@aol.com or call:  (215) 357-5280.


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